EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) — A Metro-East family recently got a major scare when they opened a letter mailed to them and a white, granular substance came pouring out.

A note inside the envelope informed the recipients that they had just been exposed to a deadly disease and that their hands would feel like they were on fire.

The letter turned out to be a hoax, but the man who allegedly mailed it is now facing federal charges.

67-year-old Gary James Smith is accused of mailing the letter to a family in his hometown of Livingston.

What the substance actually was or why he allegedly mailed the letter were not immediately made clear.

If convicted of mailing a threatening communication and making a false threat, Smith faces up to 15-years in prison.

Read the Full Police Release Here

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